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Keeping Pets Safe On Boats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Whether it’s a boat, lake, ocean or pool, you can’t automatically assume your dogs and cats will take to life on the sea. Pets like firm, stable surfaces – and water does not a firm surface make... So before you plan your next water outing, be sure that you and your pet know what to expect. Here are a few tips to prepare your pet for day on the boat:

Make sure your pet is familiar with the concept of boating.

Don’t assume your pet will automatically take to boating. Most dogs and cats like firm, stable surfaces, and a boat can be anything but stable. Before you plan an outing with your pet, get the animal on board and turn on the engine to see if the sound disturbs it. Some pets couldn’t care less, but others make themselves sick with worry at the loud noises. Take short trips at first to let your pet get acclimated to the pitch and roll of boating. Remember, if you can get seasick, so can your pets.

Water Safety

Be sure your pet is wearing a Personal Lifesaver Device (PFD) if they have never been on the water (and in most cases, even if they are familiar with water). You can’t be too safe! This is particularly important when dealing with ocean sports such as surfing or paddle boarding. Your dog can easily get away from you and may not make it back to that beach as they often have problems negotiating distance in the ocean. Make sure you have an appropriately size life jacket for your dog or cat, especially if they plan on entering the water. Contrary to popular belief, not all animals naturally know how to swim, and some breeds can't do it at all. Our favorite PFDs include the Kurgo Surf n' Turf Dog Lifejacket and Coat and the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 21:29
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How to Properly Store Pet Food PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 22:19

We spend hundreds of dollars on food for our pets. Yet, few of us think of the best way to store and preserve it when we buy in bulk. There is a right way and a wrong way to store pet food...

Over the past year, salmonella has become a common problem in both human and animal food. While the FDA recently declared a zero tolerance for salmonella in our pet food supply, contamination still occurs. Salmonella can be easily transferred to humans who handle or ingest (accidentally or intentionally) contaminated pet food. If you have kids, you must be particularly vigilant!


Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 17:22
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Fighting Mosquitoes Naturally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

There isn’t one single positive thing I can say about mosquitoes except they make good bat food. Other than that, I literally can’t think of anything they are good for and I really don’t know why they were invented. Even scientists, who have been studying these pesky insects for years, say they “would rather they were wiped off the earth.” (Nature.com, 2006)

Until they are, we have to deal with them carrying horrible diseases like Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley Fever, and even yellow fever. We also have to worry about our pets and livestock being infected with heartworm and West Nile Virus. There are over 3,500 forms of mosquitoes and they all suck. Literally and figuratively.

So, besides keeping pets on a heartworm schedule and keeping them out of the way of fogging, we have to protect our pets without exposing them or ourselves to toxic chemicals that are found in most “bug sprays.” Not an easy task, but we do have a few natural solutions you should check out. (Remember that these are not substitutes for regular heartworm prevention!)


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 22:37
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Calming Anxious Pets: Fireworks, Thunderstorms & Monsoons PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 28 June 2013 00:00

Independence Day is one of my most feared holidays. Why? Because I know how my pets are going to react - it's historical fact...  My wolf hybrid taught my coyote to fear fireworks. My coyote taught my Aussie. My Aussie taught my pointer and my pit. Get the picture? Now I have an entire household of animals who are terrified of loud noises.

But over the years, we have learned how to make this time of year as easy as possible on everyone and we now believe we'll make it through July with nary a problem.

In 2010, Thundershirt did a survey of pet owners and found that two of the most prominent forms of anxiety among dogs were noise and separation from their owners. Loud noises, such as thunder storms (86 percent) and fireworks (74 percent), were the most often cited form of noise anxiety. Here are some other fun facts about pet anxiety:

  • Forty-one percent of the 1,201 dog owners polled said they had at least one dog that currently has or had an anxiety issue.
  • Of the 1,960 dogs owned by those polled, almost 30 had some form of anxiety or fear issue.
  • By applying its findings to 2010 U.S. population estimates, nearly 23 million dogs suffer or have suffered from some sort of anxiety.
  • Dog anxiety issues have impacted 18.6 million U.S. households.
  • 71 percent of the dog owners polled did not feel that it was necessary to address the issue
  • 29 percent did not feel like there was a viable solution and 13 percent felt solutions were too expensive.
  • For those that did address their dog’s anxiety, survey results indicated that more traditional solutions, such as medication, training and avoiding certain circumstances, were the most popular.
  • Dog owners spend, on average, more than $1 billion annually addressing anxiety and fear problems, with more than $240 million going to property damage
Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 06:15
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Heat Related Pet Resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pack Leader   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:53

These are a couple of printable resources that will teach you to:

  1. Identify the signs of heat stroke in pets
  2. Administer CPR in the case of emergency

Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing the "Saving your pet's life with CPR" graphic. And I'm not sure who to thank for the "Heatstroke Can be Deadly" graphic. If you know who created it, please let us know.


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